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Receiving your household form

A household form will be delivered to all residential properties in Jersey by post or by one of our Census Team.

If you've not received your census form by Census Day (21 March), or have received a form that is not for your address, contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

If you receive a form at an address (for example, a business) that does not have residential accommodation, contact us to let us know.

Who should complete the form

The householder is responsible for completing and returning a census form for everyone that usually lives in their household.

A householder, or joint householder is someone who:

  • owns or rents (or jointly owns or rents) the accommodation
  • handles paying the household bills and expenses

If you're moving house around census day you should fill in a form at your usual residence on census day (21 March). If you move before this date, leave the form for the new residents to fill in. If you're moving within Jersey, fill in the form delivered to your new address.

If you have more than one address in Jersey you should be included on the form at your permanent family home. If you're staying at your second address on census night you should just be listed as a visitor on the form for your second address.

Who to include on your form

Everyone who is usually resident at your address should be included on your census form.

Anyone out of the Island on census day, but usually resident in Jersey, still needs to be included. For example:

  • people on holiday
  • school children and students away from home
  • anyone working away from home but usually lives at your address

If you're going to be out of the Island for an extended length of time, contact the census office for advice.

You do not need to fill in the individual questions for visitors staying at your address (visiting for less than one month). You only need to list their name and usual address.

For more detailed information on who to include go to the step-by-step guide to your census form.

Completing the census questions

You can complete your household questionnaire on paper or online.

The household form has two sections:

It should take a few minutes to answer the questions about your household and dwelling. You then need to complete a set of individual questions for each person who is usually resident in your household. This should take around 5 minutes for each person (less for children). You will answer most of the census questions simply by ticking a box.

You must answer all questions that apply to you and your household, except for the individual questions 14 (sexual orientation) and 15 (gender identity), which are both voluntary. Leave them blank if you don't want to answer them.

Step-by step guide to your census form

Your legal responsibility

Completing the census is required by law. You could face a fine if you don’t take part or if you supply false information.

The householder or joint householder is responsible for completing and returning a census form for their household.

The householder should make sure the form responses are correct and then sign the declaration on the front page.

If you request an individual form you are responsible for completing and returning it. You must sign the declaration on the back page of the household questionnaire. You also need to sign the declaration on the front page of your individual questionnaire.

Returning your form

You must complete your census questionnaire as soon as possible after Census Day (Sunday 21 March). Any delay could mean that our system will show you as a non-returning household, and you may be visited by one of our collection officers.

You can complete your census online

If you choose to complete your questionnaire on paper, return it in the Freepost envelope provided.

If you have lost your prepaid envelope, return your paper form to: Census Office, FREEPOST 2021, Jersey, JE1 1AF

Answering separately from your household (individual form)

For reasons of privacy, people aged 16 or over can request an individual (personal) form. Their name still needs to be listed on the household form, but they can fill out their own individual form and return it separately. The individual questions for that person should be left blank.

If anyone in the household wants to use an individual form, the household cannot complete the census online. In this case the household will have to fill in their paper household form.

Contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us to request an individual form.

Vacant property or under renovation

If no-one usually lives at the address and no-one is present on the night of 21 March, on the paper form:

  • write ‘zero’ in question H1 and H2 and 'vacant' in a prominent place on the front page of the paper form
  • sign the declaration on the front page and return the form

How we keep your information safe

We take data confidentiality very seriously and we want you to feel safe about sharing your personal information with us.

Find out how we'll keep your information safe

Lost your form?

If you've lost your paper census form, contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us and we can post your household access code to you

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